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Education In The South
Problems Discussed at the Hampton Institute Conference
GRATIFYING PROGRESS MADE
Committee of Forty to be Appointed to Investigate Popular Southern Education
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There were present J. L. M. Curry of
GENERAL PLAN OF CONFERENCE
The plan of the conference was that of a general, informal discussion of the educational problems of the South with reference to both the whites and the negroes, the chief object being to arouse public interest in the improvement of educational facilities throughout this region. Such points were held in view as how co-operation among schools may be brought about; how public aid of the common school system may be increased; whether the Government may be petitioned for such aid; how best to improve the schools and secure better teachers in the country districts, and whether schools could be combined for the establishment of one excellent, fully equipped school for each race in every county.
The afternoon session was devoted to a general survey of the conditions. Booker T. Washington considered that the States most in need of help are
One of the strongest addresses was made by President McIver of Greensborough (N. C.)
J. L. M. Curry of
The speakers in the evening were the Right Rev. W. N. McVickar, Bishop of Rhode Island; the Rev. J. w. Cooper of New Britain, Conn., and President Dreher of Roanoke College. Prof. James E. Russell, Dean of Teachers College of Columbia University, New York city, made an elaborate comparison between the teaching in our public schools and that which obtains in the schools of Germany, and urged that Americans must adapt themselves in a scientific manner to the educational conditions that confront us, whether in the North or in the South.
PUBLIC FUNDS FOR EDUCATION
A notable address was made by Prof. Samuel Lindsay of the
The general sense of the conference was to the effect that not sufficient facts were at hand upon which to base final and definite conclusions. This opinion was expressed by many speakers and was summed up by Walter H. Page, with whose speech the sessions culminated. He said, in part:
“I believe there is no important recent activity in the
COMMITTEE OF INVESTIGATORS
Mr. Page offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
The gratifying progress of popular education in the Southern States has suggested the value of a clear and comprehensive statement of the actual educational conditions for the benefit of all who are engaged in educational work or are interested in it. Therefore be it resolved: That a committee be appointed at this meeting to select a group of 40 public-sporoted and representative men who shall direct a scientific, first-hand original investigation of popular education in the Southerm States, with the aim of publishing for the information of educators and the public, a report covering the length of school terms, the condition and adequacy of schoolhouses and apparatus, the amount of money expended, and the methods of expenditure, the methods of appointing teachers and Superintendents, and their payment; and to make a comparative statement of school laws.
The committee appointed for selecting the group of investigators consists of Charles D. McIver, Booker T. Washington, Robert C. Ogden, Walter H. Page and the Rev. Dr. Edgar D. Murphy.
The usual commencement exercises took place on Thursday afternoon before a large audience gathers in the gymnasium. The programme consisted of music and literary exercises by the school and the senior class, together with some papers upon mission work in the field by a few of the graduates,
The most significant feature of the occasion was the granting of trade certificates to twenty-five students who have this year completed courses. The trades represented were carpentry, bricklaying, painting, blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, printing, harness and shoe making. This did not represent, however, all the students who have this year finished their trade. The total number was forty, but fifteen were considered ineligible for certificates because of deficiency in academic scholarship. This is the largest number that the school has ever graduated from the industrial department and marks a gratifying result of the work of the Armstrong and Slater Memorial Trade School which was opened here three years ago.
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Published: April 28, 1900
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